Linked Death—Representing, Publishing, and Using Second World War Death Records as Linked Open Data

Mikko Koho, Eero Hyvönen, Erkki Heino, Jouni Tuominen, Petri Leskinen, Eetu Mäkelä

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War history of the Second World War (WW2), humankind’s largest disaster, is of great interest to both laymen and researchers. Most of us have ancestors and relatives who participated in the war, and in the worst case got killed. Researchers are eager to find out what actually happened then, and even more importantly why, so that future wars could perhaps be prevented. The darkest data of war history are casualty records—from such data we could perhaps learn most about the war. This paper presents a model and system for representing death records as linked data, so that (1) citizens could find out more easily what happened to their relatives during WW2 and (2) digital humanities (DH) researchers could (re)use the data easily for research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web
Subtitle of host publicationESWC 2017 Satellite Events: ESWC 2017 Satellite Events, Portorož, Slovenia, May 28 – June 1, 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsEva Blomqvist, Katja Hose, Heiko Paulheim, Agnieszka Ławrynowicz, Fabio Ciravegna, Olaf Hartig
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-70407-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-70406-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventExtended Semantic Web Conference - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: 28 May 20172 Jun 2017
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceExtended Semantic Web Conference
Abbreviated titleESWC


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